Mythology Podcast Archive

  • Saturn – a quick overview – Podcast #88

    Saturn – a quick overview – Podcast #88

    This podscast presents a few quick insights into the nature of Saturn from an astrological perspective.  This is particularly relevant because Saturn is moving from Leo into Virgo on September 10th. A series of stories about Saturn are presented, followed by a collection of slokas and mantras for Saturn.

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  • The Sacrifice of Daksha – Podcast #87

    The Sacrifice of Daksha – Podcast #87

    Daksha was a highly knowledgeable King and a son of Brahma the Creator.  As the story goes, he decided to have a big yagya and invited all the gods and goddesses with the notable exception of Shiva, because Daksha considered him to be wild and unpresentable.  But of course Shiva was married to Daksha’s daughter […]

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  • The Story of Subramanyam, Part 4, Podcast #85

    The Story of Subramanyam, Part 4, Podcast #85

    In this episode, Kashyapa turns over the teaching of his three demon children to his wife Mayai and they soon head off to the Himalayas to perform yagyas on a very grand scale.  But Shiva, the object of their devotions, fails to show up and in desperation they start to throw themselves into the yagya fire. […]

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  • The Story of Subramanyam, Part 3, Podcast #84

    The Story of Subramanyam, Part 3, Podcast #84

    The story of Subramanyam continues as he postpones his marriage to Vishnu’s daughters in order to attack Tarakasura.  At first it doesn’t go well and his general Veerabhahu is almost defeated and Subramanyam has to taunt Tarakasura into fighting.  When he is losing, Taraka enlists the help of the powerful Kounchanagiri who puts up a […]

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  • The Story of Subramanyam, Part 2, Podcast #83

    The Story of Subramanyam, Part 2, Podcast #83

    In this podcast we continue with the story of Subramanyam as told in the Sri Kandha Puranam by Kachiappa Shivacharya. We present different stories surrounding the birth of Subramanyam; the sparks that emanated from Shiva’s eyes, how Parvati got scared which gave rise to nine shaktis and how Parvati tormented them as well as the […]

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  • The Story of Subramanyam, Part 1, Podcast #82

    The Story of Subramanyam, Part 1, Podcast #82

    Subramanyam is the son of Shiva and Parvati, and the brother of Ganesha.  He embodies the qualities most often associated with the planet Mars; energy, determination, optimism, military might, quick intelligence, youthful exuberance and impulsiveness.   Like many deities, he came into existence to meet a specific need; the killing of a demon who had […]

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  • Agastya and modern astronomy – Podcast #81

    Agastya and modern astronomy – Podcast #81

    It is possible using astronomical calculations to determine the era in which Agastya walked the earth.  In this podcast, we look at the work of K. D. Abhyankar which was published in the journal “Current Science”, volume 89, December 2005.  By looking at the time in which the star Canopus appeared above the horizon in […]

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  • Agastya, Rig Veda Rishi – Podcast #80

    Agastya, Rig Veda Rishi – Podcast #80

    Agastya Rishi contributed many hymns to the Rig Veda, compiled both Lalitha Sahasranam (1008 names) and Lalitha Trishati (300 names), wrote the Saraswati Suktam, and created systems of martial arts (Agastya Tekkan), medicine (Agastya Siddha) and astrology (Agastya Nadi). He was a man of great humor and genuineness whose activities are told in a number […]

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  • Lakshmi, Goddess of abundance – Podcast #79

    Lakshmi, Goddess of abundance – Podcast #79

    Lakshmi is the goddess of abundance in all its various forms; family, food, wealth, beauty, happiness, etc.  This podcast recounts some of the different stories of her birth and her role in the universe as the Divine Mother.  She is the wife of Vishnu but doesn’t always get along with him as one story goes.  […]

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  • Ayyappa, son of Shiva and Vishnu – Podcast #78

    Ayyappa, son of Shiva and Vishnu – Podcast #78

    Ayyappa is a unique form of the divine because he is the son of Shiva and Vishnu!  This story has so many twists and turns; clever demons and the even more clever devas who defeat them.  No episode in the vedic tradition is quite like this one with buffalo headed demons, Vishnu appearing as a […]

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